Revolutionary War Timeline

  • Treaty of Paris, 1763

    Treaty of Paris, 1763
    France gives up North American empire, land east of Mississippi given to Britian, and land west of Mississippi and New Orleans given to Spain.In return Spain gives up Florida to Britian
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    Britain doesn't allow any settlement past the Appalachian Mountain due to ongoing problems with Indians
  • Sugar Act of 1764

    Sugar Act of 1764
    The Sugar Act was the first law passed by Parliament to help with England's debt. Raised taxes on sugar and molasses but didn't affect many people.
  • Stamp Act of 1765

    Stamp Act of 1765
    To raise revenues to support the new military force. Taxed all paper products and stamps showed payment of the taxes.
  • Quartering Act of 1765

    Quartering Act of 1765
    The Quartering Act required the colonist to provided shelter and food for the British troops
  • Declaratory Act of 1766

    Declaratory Act of 1766
    Parliament passed the Act to reaffirm it's right to bind the colonies. The government defined it's absolute power over the colonies
  • Townshend Act of 1767

    Townshend Act of 1767
    Put a light tax on imported goods on like glass, white lead, paper, paint, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre of 1770

    Boston Massacre of 1770
    Colonist were taunting the British troops and a clash broke out between them in which 5 people were killed
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    100 or so Bostonian dressed up as Indians and boarded ships filled with tea. The opened and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor.
  • Intolerable/Coercive Acts

    Acts to chastise the colonist. Most important was the Boston Port Act which closed the Boston Port until all the damages were paid for Boston Tea Party. Also included a New Quartering Act,restrictions on town meetings, and officials who killed colonist could be sent to Britain for trial.
  • First Contiental Congress

    First Contiental Congress
    12 of the 13 colonies with the expectation of Georgia meet in Philadelphia to address grievances. Called for boycott of all British goods
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    British sent troops to seize stores of gunpowder and to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Shots were fired were both sides suffered loses and it started the war.
  • Second Contiental Congress

    Second Contiental Congress
    All 13 colonies met to discuss grievances to the King. Were already preparing for war by drafting George Washington to start an army. Washington very influential and uniting the colonies.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The colonist took control of Breed's Hill and British made 3 frontal attacks losing a lot of men. British won the battle but it was a moral victory for the Americans as they can stand with the British.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    Wanting to come to peace with the King the colonist profess their loyalty but after the King learns of Bunker Hill he declares the colonies in a state of rebel.
  • Commen Sense

    Commen Sense
    Pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that was very influential in persuading colonist to go for independence. Basically saying that the colonies were a child that grew up and now they need to live on their own.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Thomas Jefferson and company wrote it and the document basically said that the colonies were declaring their independence from Britain.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    Washington surprised by crossing the Delaware River the day after Christmas. The Hessians weren't expecting it and were defeated easily.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Burgoyne was left by himself in New York by General Howe. Washington retired to Valley Forge and trapped Burgoyne surrender to General Horatio Gates. This victory gained the aid of France to the colonies.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    The last major victory by the colonies. General Cornwallis was put in a trap thinking Britain still controlled the seas. Admiral de Grasse let the Americans know he could join them at Yorktown which he comes by sea while Washington comes by land. Cornwallis surrenders 7000 men.
  • Treaty of Paris 1783

    Treaty of Paris 1783
    Britain recognizes the colonies as independent and gave them all the land west of the Mississippi.